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Christmas Market 2013

Posted by St Werburghs - 31/10/13 01:31PM - 0 Comments - news
Our wonderful Community Christmas Market will be held on Saturday 7th December this year. We open doors at 10.30 am and we will be closing at 4.30 pm. We are very pleased to announce that we have received some funding from Quartet Community Foundation Community Games grants and we will have free activities for children and a Father Christmas Grotto this year!

There are still a few stall spaces left, please contact us quickly if you would like to book one.

Please spread the word! It's going to be great - we will have amazing arts and crafts from all over the world, Christmas wreaths, hand-made locally unique gifts and good home-made food throughout the day.

There is no market like this in Bristol and this year with all the free outdoor activities for children and families it will be even merrier than ever :)

December is a very busy month so please put it in your diary now.

We look forward to seeing you here!

Roy Hackett looks back over the last 50 years with Bristol West Indian Parents and Friends Association

Posted by St Werburghs - 26/04/13 10:35AM - 0 Comments - news
St Werburghs Community Association has some extraordinary members on its Management Committee. One of them Mr Roy Hackett (born in Jamaica in 1928) has been on the committee since the Centre first opened as the Baptist Mills Centre for Community Activities in 1971. As our Trustee Roy represents Bristol West Indian Parents and Friends Association which uses rooms in the Centre for their regular meetings and socials. Roy Hackett committed 50 years service to BWPFA, and on the 6th April this year, Roy announced that he was stepping down as chair.

“I would like to thank the frontline members who have worked non stop to make what I thought was impossible, possible-the joint anniversaries of Jamaica, and Bristol and West Indian Parents & Friends Association, 50th year celebrations.” says Mr Hackett.”

Roy moved from Jamaica to Bristol in 1952 with the belief that he would be open to many more opportunities in life. He soon discovered that living in the UK was not as rosy as he’d imagined. Racism prevented Roy from being welcomed into the workplace, which resulted in Roy proactively committing to improve human rights in the UK, in particular tackling racism.

Mr Hackett joined the Commonwealth Co-ordinated Committee, the West Indian Development Council and the West Indian Dramatic Society on the 7th November 1962. The 3 groups eventually merged under one umbrella and are now known as Bristol West Indian Parents and Friends Association (BWPFA).

In February this year, BBC Inside Out West featured a news story looking back at the Bristol bus Boycott which happened in 1963. Guy Bailey was refused an interview for a job on the buses because of the colour of his skin. This sparked a protest which attracted national attention and ultimately led the way to the country’s first ever race discrimination law.

The Commonwealth Co-ordinated Committee campaigned for awareness on the poor treatment and racial discrimination which was occurring and by 1965 the Committee had helped to form the Bristol Racial Equality Council, and Race Relations Act. Within five years all discrimination in the workplace was banned. It was eventually fifty years on that a formal and verbal apology was made by UNITE.
Guy Bailey, Roy Hackett and Paul Stephenson were invited to a Trade Workers Union meeting to accept a written apology.

BWIPFA continued to promote community cohesion and in 1967 Bristol hosted its first African-Caribbean and Asian carnival celebrating Bristol’s multi-culturalism, famously known as St Pauls Carnival. This free event has world-wide fame and continues drawing crowds of around 90,000 people.

Since the 70’s, BWIPFA have run many excursions and weekend activities for families, including trips to countries in Europe and a youth exchange programme to Jamaica. The activities and day trips provide predominantly single parent families the opportunity to spend valuable time as a family. Support for elderly is provided too, with hampers kindly made and donated to people in need.

Roy received an award for his outstanding contribution to his community from the Jamaican High Commissioner in 1993. The Queen also recognised his achievements and presented Maundy Money at Bristol Cathedral.

If you would like more information or would like to get involved, please contact St Werburghs Centre.

Watch a Video about Roy here.

St Werburghs Art Trail

Posted by St Werburghs - 18/04/13 07:52AM - 0 Comments - news, opportunities, projects
The St Werburghs Arts Trail 2013 will be on Saturday 28th and Sunday 29th September.

Registrations for artists and perfomers,is available here.

Volunteers are also needed to help organise and run the trail this year, and in particular someone to take over the website (either in its current form or a new design).
Please contact Lucy at: if you are interested in this opportunity to get involved in a great community event.

Practical Sustainability Course open for bookings

Posted by St Werburghs - 18/03/13 08:49AM - 0 Comments - news
Image The Practical Sustainability Course with Shift Bristol 3rd September 2013 to 25th July 2014 in Bristol.

A dynamic and holistic curriculum exploring Permaculture Design, Organic Horticulture, Energy, Woodland Management, Green Building, Soil and Ecological Interactions, Re-localisation, Group Dynamics and Community Engagement. Bringing together some of the UK’s most experienced tutors and practitioners to explore positive, creative and practical solutions towards a sustainable, community-led future. Talks, workshops, discussions, field visits, design projects and practical activities.

Tutors include Sarah Pugh, Patrick Whitefield, Tim Foster, Tony Wrench, Mike Feingold, Mike Feingold, Max Drake, Ben Law, Steve Pickup and many more.

Two and a half days a week for 40 weeks.
Cost £2450 to £2150 sliding scale.
Visit for details

““A fantastic learning experience throughout... a wide variety of modules, offering a complete picture of modern sustainability. “ “So much more than a great course...more of a life-shift”

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Werbuzz Community Garden Project

Our new exciting project is all about creating a buzz in the Centre, and outside!

We would like to transform our car park into a community garden, play and event space for everyone!

Imagine lush greenery, kids interacting and learning about plants and bugs, and some lovely seating in the sun!


Have you got any ideas or comments? Please get in touch and share them with us! Mike and Elise, architects at Nash Partnership are helping us with some designs. 

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St Werburghs Centre is recruiting volunteers to help us with various and exciting projects – Picnic in the Park, film-making, bike repair project, photography & writing community newsletter, photography & co-ordination for new Community Centre's website, organising workshops and events and general administration, reception or care-taking tasks.

The Management Committee and Staff of the St Werburghs Centre are fully committed to the recruitment and support of volunteers within our organisation.
We hold the belief that volunteers can provide a variety of skills and experience that would not otherwise be available. We also recognise that volunteers require satisfying work and personal development and will seek to help our volunteers to meet these needs.
To find out more please download our Volunteer Policy.

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in your community please contact Goska Ong on 0117 955 1351 or e-mail

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